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Bill Federer serves up a daily dose of inspiration from the pages of American history with a special emphasis on America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln: Born Same Day, Lives have Opposite Impact

American Minute with Bill Federer Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the exact same day, FEBRUARY 12, 1809, but their lives had...

Sir Robert Baden-Powell ‘s original vision for the Boy Scouts …

... and how it changed AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later,...

Peter Cartwright, Abraham Lincoln, & Final Farewell at Springfield, Illinois

American Minute with Bill Federer Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was ordained by the Methodist circuit-riding preachers Rev. Francis Asbury and Rev. William McKendree. He served as a...

Nazi Body Parts Experiments, Jews Disarmed, Arab Legion, anti-Christian agenda, & Bonhoeffer’s courageous opposition

American Minute with Bill Federer Vladimir Lenin, the first leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, stated: "Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment...

Battle Hymn of the Republic & efforts to end the slave trade

American Minute with Bill Federer Five dollars was all she was paid by the Atlantic Monthly Magazine for her poem, "The Battle Hymn of the...

Jacob Duché Continental Congress Prayer & a caution to “Stand Fast as the Guardians...

American Minute with Bill Federer As British troops were descending upon Boston, the Continental Congress' first official act was to request that Rev. Jacob Duché,...

“Two Roads Diverge in the Woods …” – Robert Frost, Four Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning...

American Minute with Bill Federer Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked...

Presidents Acknowledged God in Inaugurals

American Minute with Bill Federer "Our history is replete with official references to the value and invocation of Divine guidance in ... Executive Orders and...

The Ten Commandments, and the importance of educated & moral citizens

American Minute with Bill Federer "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are not the laws. They are THE Law" -stated Cecil B. DeMille at the New York opening of...

Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER "On Religious Freedom Day ... we commemorate the ... anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped...

Fighting the Sultan to Founding Georgia – Eugene of Savoy’s aide-de-camp James Oglethorpe, and...

American Minute with Bill Federer Early in his career, Eugene of Savoy, under the command of Polish King Jan Sobieski, helped defeat 200,000 Muslim Turks...

Martin Luther King, Jr., change the Christian way: thru love of neighbor & peaceful...

American Minute with Bill Federer In 1983, Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make the 3rd Monday in January a holiday in honor...

Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, Beecher’s Bibles & Preacher Henry Ward Beecher

American Minute with Bill Federer He was one of the most popular preachers in America in the middle 1800s. His sister was Harriett Beecher Stowe, who...

Albert Schweitzer, Medical Missionary to Africa, “Reverence for Life”

American Minute with Bill Federer Albert Schweitzer was born JANUARY 14, 1875, in a village in Alsace, Germany. The son of a Lutheran-Evangelical pastor, he won...

Millard Fillmore, 13th U.S. President: A Grateful Sense of Our Profound Obligations

American Minute with Bill Federer "May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not." -Millard Fillmore Millard Fillmore was elected to the...

Hanukkah: Its remarkable story, and what 8 American presidents had to say about it

American Minute with Bill Federer The origin of lights at this season can be traced back to the Jewish Festival of Lights, or Feast of...

What Led to the Emancipation Proclamation & 13th Amendment?

American Minute with Bill Federer During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the pro-slavery South wanted to count slaves so as to have a higher population so...

Connecting the Dots: Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution

American Minute with Bill Federer How did Islam's expansion lead to the Dark Ages, the Age of Discovery, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the American...

Handmaidens of the Lord: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman & Anna Murray-Douglass

American Minute with Bill Federer Born a slave in New York in 1797, she spoke only Dutch until sold around the age of 9, together...

Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving to God

American Minute with Bill Federer On NOVEMBER 21, 1620 (NS), the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact and began their Plymouth Colony. Of the 102 Pilgrims, only...

Pilgrims experimented with Communism … and Rejected It!

AMERICAN MINUTE WITH BILL FEDERER High winds and treacherous tides along North America's coast blew the Pilgrims 500 miles off course, preventing them from joining...

Martin Luther, the Reformation & Protestantism

American Minute with Bill Federer On OCTOBER 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther posted 95 debate questions or "theses" on the door of...

George Whitefield died SEPTEMBER 30, 1770

American Minute with Bill Federer Beginning in 1740, George Whitefield preached seven times in America, to crowds sometimes over 25,000. He spread the Great Awakening Revival,...

William Bradford, Squanto and the Pilgrims

American Minute with Bill Federer Of 102 Pilgrims that landed in Massachusetts in November of 1620, only half survived till spring. In the Spring of 1621,...

Louis Pasteur – “Science, which brings man nearer to God.”

American Minute with Bill Federer Washing hands to prevent the spread of disease was recommended in 1844 to the doctors of the Vienna General Hospital...

Samuel Adams – “The Father of the American Revolution,”

American Minute with Bill Federer Crying "No taxation without representation," he instigated the Stamp Act Riots in 1765. In 1770, after the Boston Massacre, where British...

Daniel Boone died SEPTEMBER 26, 1820

American Minute with Bill Federer During the French and Indian War, 20-year-old Daniel Boone, and his cousin-future General Daniel Morgan, served as wagon drivers for...

George Mason – “The Father of the Bill of Rights”

American Minute with Bill Federer "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Thus began the first of...

John Marshall born SEPTEMBER 24, 1755

American Minute with Bill Federer "The power to tax involves the power to destroy," wrote Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819. Perhaps no one...

John Paul Jones – “Father of the American Navy”

American Minute with Bill Federer "I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the 50-gun British frigate HMS...